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Poster: light into ashes Date: Dec 3, 2012 2:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Old Taper's Sections on Dead.net

I'm not sure how much DL's reputation has declined, if any. My complaints with the Road Trips/Dave's Picks series have more to do with the limited format & release restrictions (probably out of his control) than with the actual picks. I did complain about some of the E72 mixes, but that was Norman's end more than DL's.
I do have more of a grievance with the way the Taper's Section has been going - although more actual music is included than when it began, indexing the picks over the last year I did it was sheer drudgery because almost everything was something he'd picked before & nothing was new or surprising anymore; it seems like he's been picking stuff on autopilot - so it defeated a lot of the point of the Taper's Section for me - though I'm sure other listeners get more value out of it. Why half the Taper's Section entries got wiped off the dead.net page, who can say; it may have nothing to do with DL.
Aside from publicizing releases with his little videos, probably a lot of the archivist's work takes place out of the public eye - digitizing reels, meetings with corporate, etc - apparently putting releases together takes a lot of time. Like Latvala, I'd bet he proposes more ideas for releases that get shot down. But I'd also guess the GD office culture promotes a certain lackadaisical attitude among its employees...
He does seem to make an effort to answer questions, do occasional Q&A sessions - keeping things somewhat open, aside from the natural secrecy surrounding releases. There is a certain glib 'officialese' from him sometimes, but that could be a personality thing.

Probably several of the subjects in the New Yorker article are wishing they'd said something different! But I can understand Phil considering old GD recordings to be of mere curiosity value to him, & a waste of time to listen to. Like Garcia, he probably just hears the mistakes & missed intentions! "Oh, why didn't we..."
At least he went through & listened to a lot of stuff back in the '90s, which is more than the others did - Weir has never bothered at all, that I recall. (Weir has fond memories of '89/90, so maybe he listened to some of that. And Phil did have complimentary things to say about the E72 tour back when he released Hundred Year Hall.)

That the Dead don't bother with their own releases probably frees Lemieux more than anything, compared with the shackles Latvala had to endure, with Phil vetoing all his picks. Consider that maybe the reason we got a complete E72 set is BECAUSE Phil didn't listen to any of it...

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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Dec 3, 2012 8:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Old Taper's Sections on Dead.net

:)

Thanks
PS just started the 11/19 show before opening this thread; I do that all the time- I start listening to something & find from a recent post that others are doing the same. Anybody else find this happening? Synchronicity in the brainwaves...


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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Dec 3, 2012 6:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Old Taper's Sections on Dead.net

I suspect with the Taper's section, he is just too busy with the releases, to give it the attention it deserves . And, it may have become more of a chore . He may simply be bored with it . Also, in this era of declining revenues, why concentrate on a feature that "gives the store away", so to speak . I would guess there are voices tell him to take it easy . Who knows .
I would guess that Phil is too busy making new music (new ways to play the old music ). "He not busy being born is busy dying " . I suspect that Weir likes the 89/90 period, not so much because he goes back and carefully listens (I may be wrong) but for the overall optimism and energy, post coma era . AND he really got to strut his stuff ! He was a big Rock Star ,co-fronting a band at the height of its popularity .
To rebut myself , Bob may like that fairly tight presentation of the era . He seemed to not want to dally," let's get to the next song", sort of attitude . Maybe he finds the shorter, more controlled jams of the era,preferable to more expansive ones of the 70's . Post-Garcia he seems to got closer to Phil's concept . So he may indeed like that 89/90 eras music . At least there has been SOME attention to THEIR old music; Dylan, for instance, could give a shit ...

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Dec 3, 2012 8:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Old Taper's Sections on Dead.net

I have also noticed that there are certain shows that he picks from over and over again -- sometimes the same tracks -- while other equally interesting material exists in nearby shows. I would have to imagine that the job has gotten a little dull after all this time, so perhaps he just doesn't spend as much time on it anymore.

Either way, I rarely check the Taper's Section anymore. I learn much more about what to listen to right here.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Dec 3, 2012 3:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Old Taper's Sections on Dead.net

I do place great value on your comments, generally but especially in this case, on what you regard as sloppy maintenance of media. That is something that is done properly or not, and can be an indication, or lack thereof, of purpose or intent.

> Probably several of the subjects in the New Yorker article are wishing they'd said something different! Ain't that the truth!